Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Canberra talk ...




The Canberra Calligraphy Society have invited me to give an illustrated talk at the Belconnen Arts Centre gallery on Sunday 28th October at 3pm. The talk is in conjunction with the current calligraphy & bookbinding exhibition.

If you are in the neighbourhood and are interested in the arts I would love to see you there. The title of the talk is "nulla dies sine linea - not a day without a line" which is a potted history of the calligraphic arts in Australia. The talk should last about 45 minutes.

See you there!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lettering: out and about in Launceston



 It is always wonderful to come across lettering.
These in a Jeweller's shop in Launceston, Tasmania.
This brass balustrade must be at least 100 years old.


Love this sign in the cafe "Fresh on Charles" in Launceston.

Perth ampersand & other ligatures workshop


Day One:
pen designed ampersands and other ligatures were explored from the past 2000 years. 

The "and sign" (&) is a ligature of two letters e & t from the word "et" meaning "and". The word ampersand comes from the slurring, over time, of the phrase "and per se and" meaning "and on it's own and". It is a letter and word on it's own, ie. the ligatured "et".


Day Two:
the painting of Celtic Ampersands
 
 In-class gilding demonstration



In-class painting demonstration



The Perth Ampersand Class



Class Celtic ampersands below.
Created on day two.

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In-class illumination demonstration

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I am an Australian, a letter designer & calligrapher. I enjoy working with letters and grounds, teaching and mixing with like-minded people.

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